Whenever he spends time with his daughter, V. Dhanushkodi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, Sri Kumaragurubara Swamigal College, Srivakuntam, used to tell D. Vidya Sakuntala about the life of great physicians moulded by Madras Medical College (MMC) that sowed the seed in the young mind of the girl, who has now bagged the State third rank in the Plus Two results with her 1,186 marks out of 1,200.
“I'll do my MBBS at MMC and the Masters in Neurology,” says Ms. Vidya of Sri Sri Jayendra Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Maharaja Nagar, who cannot say whether she would become a physician or a surgeon. “I want to study a lot about the human brain and the nerves associated with it. During the course of my MBBS, I'll decide on that,” reveals the topper, whose routine studies starts as early as 4.30 a.m. everyday and ends at 10.30 p.m.
Though this achiever was actually nourished between 6th and 10th standard by Rose Mary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, another renowned institution, which has produced State toppers both in matriculation and Plus Two public examinations on several occasions in the past, Professor Dhanushkodi admitted his daughter, who scored 464 out of 500 in the matriculation examinations, at Sri Jayendra Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Maharaja Nagar in the 11th standard.
“My daughter has proved that I took a right decision,” said Prof. Dhanushkodi.
“Leaving my long-time friends of Rose Mary was really a tough decision. I struggled a lot for a couple of days and then got accustomed to the new environment, where I was given excellent coaching, particularly in biology. The teachers conducted tests everyday and that actually helped me a lot. If you can complete the subjects on a daily basis without concentrating on other issues, it will certainly take you to greater heights,” Ms. Vidya reveals.
The topper says that she took extra care throughout the year to write the three-hour-long examination within two-and-a-half hours neatly and allocate the last 30 minutes for carefully revising her answers. “It'll help you a lot if you are really serious about getting very high marks,” she says.
J. Sam Arul Manoj of Hilton Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Courtallam, with his score of 1,185, has bagged district second rank and wants to become a doctor, like his mother Maria.
Deena Mishael of six-year-old Kings School, sitting comfortably on a 55-acre campus near Valliyoor, has come first in the Cheranmahadevi educational district with her score of 1,174 and she wants to do her MBBS in a prestigious government medical college, her longstanding ambition.
A striking similarity among all these toppers is that all of them have taken class tests on a regular basis for the past ten months and extra care was taken to rightly answer one-word questions as this section plays a crucial role in getting centum. Though they were confident of answering a particular question in a comprehensive fashion, they did write it for good number of times to make sure that the presentation was good.
Most importantly, all these shining stars have sacrificed unwanted fun and frolic, television, cricket matches etc. for the sake of their career ever since they entered 11th standard.
“If you can sacrifice these temporary pleasures, eternal happiness will be a part of your life for sure,” the stars assure.